Alright, 2012 Allen & Ginter has hit the shelves, and it's all over the blogosphere. If you've been reading this blog for a while now you know that each summer I take the funds I would have used on an Allen & Ginter hobby box and try something a little different. Here's a review of what I've done the past few years:
2009 - Cheated and purchased an entire base set with SP's, the 75 card National Pride insert set, and the 25 card baseball highlight sketch insert set.
2010 - Got a bit more creative. Used the money to make a variety of purchases...a Jim Lonborg auto, some pretty cool graded cards from Sirius Sports Auctions, finished my 1991 Topps Stadium Club Series 1 set, expanded my Will Clark collection by 125 cards (if you're a Clark fan definitely click that link), added to my 1993-94 SP hockey set, grabbed two graded second-year cards of Red Sox legends, and finally got my first Will Clark auto.
2011 - Built my own Check-Out-My-Cards "Hobby Box".
This year I just don't have the time for anything that requires as much effort as last summer's series of posts. Instead, I'll have a handful of posts of completely random cards, much like in 2010. Hobby boxes of Allen & Ginter are running for $90 plus $10 shipping on Dave and Adam's Card World at the moment, so I will use that as my benchmark and keep the total of my purchases to under $100.
I'm not entirely sure what happened to that card. If I had to guess I'd say it's stuffed in a box somewhere in my parents' basement or garage. Maybe I even traded it away, I don't recall to be honest. It's funny how as a child something you desired so much in one moment can be forgotten in almost the next. Now all these years later I have a copy again. This purchase was totally worth it for the nostalgia factor alone, but aside from that this card has one of the worst backs I've ever seen:
Running Total: $9.00
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